2013 December

A Berkshire brewery is offering fans of its beers the opportunity to invest in the business.

The French wine company that once owned Oddbins has been fined €4 million (£3.3 million) for failing to disclose the 2011 acquisition of six compaines from the Burgundy wine producer Patriarche to competition authorities.

Three people have been fined for serving alcohol to under-18s after Thames Valley Police and West Oxfordshire District Council undertook a Christmas test purchasing operation.

Brewdog has closed its Equity for Punks share ownership scheme a monthly early after hitting its £4.25 million investment target.

The William Grant Scotch whisky business has announced the death of Charles Gordon, a member of the owning family and the company’slife president. He was 86.

Marks & Spencer has moved to clarify its position on the sale of alcohol by staff with strong religious beliefs.

Absinthe Hapsburg has launched its XC Cassis style in the UK.

Award-winning wine shop chain Corks Out has lost Champagne and spirits worth an estimated £8,000 in a raid on its warehouse in Runcorn.

Football fans can win a trip to Spain to watch FC Barcelona play live next year in an on-pack promotion from Estrella Damm.

English sparkling wine producer Gusbourne Estate has secured a £2 million loan from Barclay’s to help increase production and develop the business.

The Northern Light

18 December, 2013

They call Booths the Waitrose of the north. But in reality, it feels more like Harrods’ food hall has moved into Morrisons’ Market Street.

Molson Coors and Bacardi Brown-Forman Beverages have both dodged sanctions after being cleared of breaching advertising rules by the watchdog.

Diageo is plastering London and Edinburgh with posters of grumpy gorillas to urge revellers to drink responsibly over the festive season.

This Christmas every MP in the UK will be sent a customised bottle of cider with a label urging the government to support the trade by scrapping the duty escalator.

Gerard Basset MW has released a video to help consumers and the trade match wines with festive meals as part of the French Wines with Style campaign.

Independents are being urged to be extra vigilant after a number of wine specialists reported being delivered older vintages of white wines that would be best drunk fresh from the vine.

PLB has moved quickly to fill a gap in its portfolio with South African producer Bosman Family Vineyards replacing Vergelegen, which transfers to Fells on January 2.

The Co-operative Group is planning a big push on Fairtrade wine for next year’s Fairtrade Fortnight, from February 24 to March 9.

Rhythm & Booze has unveiled two new concept stores as its owner looks to develop the drinks chain.

The average price of English sparkling wine will drop with volume sales set to increase fivefold over the next five years, according to leading producers.

Alcohol volume sales dropped 1% in the past 12 weeks but beer, cider and sparkling wine all enjoyed growth.

This year, for the first time ever, I’ve managed to keep a new year’s resolution. They’re usually doomed to fail. Call Mum once a week. Call Mum once a month. Call Mum, like, once. But in 2013, I resolved not to buy any wine from supermarkets.

Let’s face it, for all its organoleptic pleasures there is a potential dark side to the effects of alcohol which society has seen fit to mitigate by imposing certain restrictions on its sale.

Greene King believes craft beer sales will double in three years and has built a £750,000 a microbrewery to capitalise on the trend.

A price comparison website has been set up for alcoholic drinks.

Alcohol Concern has demanded a clampdown on alcohol advertising after a TV ad produced by five of the UK’s biggest suppliers was banned.

A leading supplier has warned that Champagne houses cannot afford to devalue their brands by competing with sparkling wine on price.

Halewood International has Christmas TV campaigns for both its Crabbie’s and Lambrini brands.

Laura Jewell MW will host a live online Christmas tasting for members of Tesco Wine Community on December 12.

South Africa’s leading producers have launched the Cape Vintner Classification in an attempt to establish a system of accreditation for distinctive, site-specific wines.